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Five Things Thursday: Favorite Dramas

So, are you tired of our movie discussion yet?

I’m not, but then, as I told you last week, I’m a bit of a movie freak.

After this week, I think I’ll take a movie-breather and branch out a little for Five Things Thursday (I already have a topic in mind for next week, and I’ll tell you more about that a little later).

But for today, I thought I’d share with you 5 of my favorite film dramas, this time in no particular order.

1. Chariots of Fire

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Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Chariots of Fire is one of those movies I’ve been watching since before I can remember not watching it, if that makes sense (although there were several scenes that I never got until I was probably 12). I love it for its rich storyline that has everything and nothing to do with running, its complex characters, its historical accuracy, and the fact that it’s a mainstream movie that realistically portrays a relatable Christian character who stands up for his beliefs without being preachy or holier-than-thou about it (or caring whether anyone thinks he is).

2. Beauty and The Beast

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This “kids’ movie” (only one of three animated films ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar) stole my heart when my mama took me to see it on Christmas day 20 years ago, and it’s kept it ever since. I love everything about it: the music, the characters, the incredible artwork, and the surprising chemistry between an animated girl named Belle and the big furry lug who falls for her.

3. All About Eve

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Another Best Picture winner (I didn’t realize I was such an Oscar snob until I starting writing this list), All About Eve features powerhouse performances from Bette Davis and Anne Baxter and crackles with smart, catty dialogue.  They don’t make ‘em like this anymore!

4. Mostly Martha

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Mostly Martha is in German with English subtitles, which might have some of you saying, “Nein, danke,” but subtitles or not, this is a great movie! And the soundtrack? One of my faves of all time.

5. Persuasion

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Did you think I was actually going to make it through a movie list without including a Jane Austen flick? Surely you know me better by now! This one isn’t nearly as well known as some others, and it’s a bit of a slow-burner, but I still ♥ it big time!

Runners-up: Hoosiers, Slumdog Millionaire, I’ve Loved you So Long, The Big Sleep, The Spitfire Grill, The Maltese Falcon, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio.

I mentioned yesterday that I had an announcement to make, and now seems as good a time as any to make it…

I propose to start a  Five Things Thursday linky party this coming week. It’s very simple. You link up a post about whatever five things strike your fancy that week (5 recipes from Pinterest, 5 cold medicines you can’t stand the taste of, 5 projects you’ve completed or goals you have in mind, 5 shades of blue you love, 5 life lessons learned, etc.), and we get to read your lovely thoughts.

Now, I will post a theme for the week that you are welcome to use as a guide, or you can veer off into a themeless wilderness of endless possibilities if you prefer.  I just thoroughly enjoy hearing about you (oh, and making lists) and thought this might a fun way to do both as we share more of ourselves, our ideas, and our accomplishments.

It’s also super-easy to participate in the comments section as well. You don’t have to write a post about it—just list your five things, and voila! You’re done.

The theme for next week’s link-up is:

keep calm and travel

c/o Pinterest

I’ve already got mine all planned out (and am grinning as I think of it : )).

I hope you guys have fun making your Five Things Travel list and take the time to link up. I’m looking forward to it!

P.S. If you haven’t seen the results of yesterday’s Thrifted or Grifted yet, but sure to check it out!

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5 Things Thursday: Magnificent Miniseries

I had such a good time reading all of your suggestions and thoughts on Chick Flicks with Brains last week (I even found out about a few new ones! Whoo!)  that I thought we might go another round, but this time with miniseries.

I kind of love miniseries. They have movie-quality production values with a much longer running length (usually), which makes them better done than a TV show and gives you more time to enjoy the story/get to know the characters than a feature film does. Score!

So, here is a list of my favorite miniseries of all time…in a very particular order (#1 = my favorite, #2 = next in line, etc., etc.).

1. Anne of Avonlea

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Yes, I know that this is the second installment in the series, but, while I love A of GG, for me, A of A edges it out by just a tiny smidge.

Dorky side note: I spent hours drawing Anne’s face/hair from this VHS cover art. Obsessed much? Yeah, a bit.

Awesome side note: I’ve been to Prince Edward Island and seen all of the original sites for the series. Honestly, as much as I loved the movies, the preserved sets and such were all a bit too shrinish and touristy for me. But the island itself is even more breathtaking in real life than it is on film.

2. Anne of Green Gables

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Obviously, I couldn’t adore A of A so much without loving its precursor as well. Last week, Kelli, my real-life friend and bloggy buddy, jokingly chided me for not including Anne-girl in my list of chick flicks I love.  But honestly, the only reason I didn’t was because Anne stars in a miniseries, not a movie. I know it’s a silly distinction, and no one most people wouldn’t think twice about my calling it a chick flick, but sometimes my brain gets all picky like that, and I can’t get it to stop saying things like, “Well, technically…”

So, yay, for correct categories and long-time favorites in them.

Confession: there’s a possibility that I’ve seen both A of GG and A of A at least 50 times each.

Oh, and here’s a challenge for all of you fellow Anne devotees. I named my daughter Adelaide after hearing the name on either A of GG or A of A. Can anyone tell me which character is named this and on which installment she appears?

3. Pride and Prejudice (the BBC/A&E version)

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While I have no (okay, few) objections to the 2005 Kiera Knightly film version, I don’t think that you can properly claim to have *experienced* Pride and Prejudice until you’ve seen this amazing 1995 miniseries. I saw Contagion this past weekend with my hubby in which there is a scientist with a much-too-perfectly enunciated American accent…it took me a minute or two, but I finally figured out that it was Jennifer Ehle, who captures the many nuances of the fascinating Elizabeth Bennett character with such perfection that I will never be able to see her in another film without smiling and thinking, “Hi there, Lizzie.”

4. Wives and Daughters

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Adapted from the unfinished Elizabeth Gaskell novel (she died before she could write the ending) by Andrew Davies, the same screenwriter who adapted Pride and Prejudice (and helped to adapt the Bridget Jones series, oddly enough), Wives and Daughters centers around a sweet, level-headed, motherless protagonist named Molly who spends most of the film navigating the tricky waters of family tensions, secrets, and even a stepmother/sister combo. And she does it all with a grace and poise that I envy.

5. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

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Whoa! Where did that come from? Here, I’ve spent the last 4 entries bragging on female-centric, old-fashioned, coming-of-age and/or love stories from centuries gone by, and then I whip out Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog?!

Um…yes?

While this little series by Joss Whedon has its share of issues (including a 3rd Act whose tone veers wildly away from that of the first two and leaves enough loose ends lying around to tie up an elephant…can you tell I just went to the zoo?), the first two acts are undeniably brilliant.

It’s the story of a wannabe villain with a heart of gold who, no matter how much he thinks he wants to be part of the Evil League of Evil, would really be perfectly content with living happily ever after with the girl from the Laundromat.

Oh yeah. And the actual sing-along part? It’s good. And catchy. Like the kind of catchy you go around humming for days afterward. (I’m doing it right now).

Honestly, I only recommend the first two acts, which are all things clever, hilarious, and well-acted…oh, and almost entirely clean (I can think of one notable exception in the form of a really crude comment). The last act…eh, not as much.

Still, if you must watch it all, you can search for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on YouTube and find all three acts readily available for viewing.

Oh, and you can probably find plenty of petitions to sign that ask/demand that a 4th act be filmed ASAP!

Well, that’s it for me and miniseries (I have plenty of runners-up, but I want to hear what you have to say).

So, you know what I’m going to ask. What are your favorite miniseries of all time? (Wow, that sounds momentous!)

P.S. I am sad to announce that the results of yesterday’s poll on whether my top was red or orange (yes, we actually did vote on such a thing) were that 69% of you thought it was orange. Which is what my red-green color blind husband said. Thanks, guys. I thought you were supposed to be on my side.

P.P.S. In case you can’t tell from last week’s and this week’s post, I’m kind of a movie-junky. But did you know that I spent two whole years writing a weekly blog about them? Yup. Check out Picky Flicks if you want a few more of my recommendations (and to see…sort of…what I looked like with short hair : )).

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